The Week: Most Recent fast-food-nation recent posts.en-usThu, 14 Nov 2013 09:40:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent fast-food-nation from THE WEEKThu, 14 Nov 2013 09:40:00 -0500What's the McRib made of, anyway?<img src="" /></P><p>McDonalds' McRib inspires a cult-like obsession. Thankfully, though, it's only available for a limited time: If you knew about all the unpronounceable ingredients packed into it, you might think twice about wolfing down the sauce-drenched pork concoction. Think you can stomach what's inside? Read on.</p><p><strong>How many ingredients are there?</strong><br />At face value the sandwich consists of pork, onions, and pickle slices slathered in barbecue sauce and laid out on a bun. But the truth is, there are roughly 70 ingredients. <strong><em>UPDATE: </em></strong>Here's what the patty looks like before it's cooked. Yum!</p><p><br /></p><p >(via Imgur)</p><p>The bun alone...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Thu, 14 Nov 2013 09:40:00 -0500Video: What if Coca-Cola's polar bears actually drank Coke?<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The video:&nbsp;</strong>The whimsical animated short "The Real Bears," produced for The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), follows a family of cartoon polar bears &mdash; clearly stand-ins for Coca-Cola's iconic spokes-creatures &mdash; who do little but guzzle brown soda. (Watch video below.) The twist: "After the happy polar bears slide down the ice hill on their tummies and enjoy a refreshing cola," says&nbsp;Laine&nbsp;Doss at&nbsp;<em>The Miami New Times</em>, "they suffer a few health hazards" like crippling obesity, type 2 diabetes, and erectile dysfunction.&nbsp;The controversial video, set...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 11 Oct 2012 13:15:00 -0400Sbarro's new pizza recipe: Can the struggling chain make a comeback?<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The story:</strong> Sbarro, the ubiquitous food chain found in shopping malls across America, is trying to reinvent itself with a new (and supposedly improved) pizza recipe. The company will begin using freshly made tomato sauce and grated cheese for its pies, which will be cooked over open-flame ovens to increase the "theater" of the Sbarro's experience. The initiative, led by new chief executive James J. Greco, is part of a strategy to reinvent Sbarro as a "fast casual" restaurant &mdash; think&nbsp;Panera Bread or&nbsp;Qdoba&nbsp;&mdash; that offers high-quality meals at fast-food speeds. Sbarro recently...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 09 Oct 2012 17:15:00 -0400McDonald's starts counting calories: Will it turn off customers?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">This week, McDonald's announced that it would begin posting calorie counts on all its menus nationwide beginning next week, a seemingly ballsy move that experts say could have repercussions throughout the fast-food industry. McDonald's already showcases calorie counts at its restaurants in New York City, Philadelphia, and the entire state of California, and the expansion anticipates a provision in President Obama's health care overhaul that will require national chains with 20 restaurants or more to post calorie counts. However, McDonald's is far out in front of the government deadline, which hasn...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 13 Sep 2012 13:17:00 -0400The world's first vegetarian McDonald's: A guide<img src="" /></P><p>McDonald's brought the hamburger to the world... and now the world is pushing back, starting in India. Bowing to local pressure, Mickey D's is opening its first meat-free restaurants ever in the South Asian country. How drastically will the planet's largest burger chain transform its menu to venture into uncharted vegetarian territory? Here, a brief guide:<br /><br /><strong>A vegetarian McDonald's? Really?</strong><br />Yes. McDonald's has always tried to tweak its menu to suit local tastes, a particularly daunting challenge in India, where up to 42 percent of the population avoids meat altogether. India's Hindu majority, which...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 05 Sep 2012 11:15:00 -0400Why McDonalds' burgers look so different in ads<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The video:</strong> Ever wonder why your McDonald's cheeseburger looks flatter, sadder, and uglier than the juicy delicacy you've seen advertised on TV? A customer asked McDonald's Canada about the discrepancy, and the company graciously revealed how they prep their food for TV in a video posted on its website. (Watch the fascinating expos&eacute; below.) In the clip, a McDonald's spokesperson buys a Quarter Pounder with Cheese at a restaurant that was whipped up in a minute, then takes it to a photo studio to compare it to a burger that's been "styled" for a commercial shoot over the course of hours. The...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 21 Jun 2012 13:14:00 -0400Dippable meat: The future of fast food?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Since it's hard to say whether Americans prefer devouring fried chicken or driving their cars, fast-food chains are making sure their customers can enjoy these beloved pastimes simultaneously. The latest craze is for "bite-sized fried chicken in containers that fit in a car's cup holder and tightly rolled sandwiches that are easy to hold and dip in sauce," says Sarah Nassauer at <em>The Wall Street Journal</em>. The trend, in which classic fast-food favorites are turned into the equivalent of chips and dip, is bringing in big bucks for the industry. Here, a guide to the "chips and dip" model:</p><p class="p1"><strong>Is eating...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 14 Jun 2012 14:30:00 -0400Can Taco Bell pull off gourmet Mexican food?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Taco Bell, which according to urban legend squirts its tacos with meat from a tube, is launching a new upscale menu on July 5 that company executives are dubbing "gourmet Mexican." Dubbed the Cantina Bell menu, it will feature burritos and burrito bowls with new ingredients like fire-roasted corn salsa, cilantro rice, pico de gallo, and herb-marinated chicken. The shift is an attempt to compete with higher-quality Mexican-food chains like Chipotle, and arrives with an ad blitz featuring celebrity chef Lorena Garcia, who is set to appear on Bravo's <em>Top Chef Masters</em>. (See the video below.)&nbsp;...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 07 Jun 2012 11:43:00 -0400New York's proposed Big Gulp ban: Has Bloomberg gone too far?<img src="" /></P><p>New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is stepping up his efforts to fight rising obesity by proposing a city-wide ban on selling sodas and other sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces in restaurants and movie theaters. As with some of Bloomberg's previous moves &mdash; such as bans on smoking in restaurants and parks, and a prohibition against artificial trans fat in restaurant food &mdash; the proposal has provoked cries of nanny-state meddling. Has Bloomberg hit on an effective way to force New Yorkers to live more healthy lives, or has he taken his war on fat too far?<br /><br /><strong>This is useless nonsense:</strong> Bloomberg...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 31 May 2012 15:35:00 -040010 disgusting objects allegedly found in fast food<img src="" /></P><p>Sure, fast food is convenient, cheap, and arguably tasty. But from time to time, consumers get a lot more than they bargain for &mdash; and we're not talking extra curly fries. From weird animal parts to syringes, here, 10 disgusting things people claim to have found lurking in their fast food:&nbsp;</p><p><strong>1. An unidentifiable chicken organ</strong><br />Earlier this month, a couple from the small town of Ocala, Fla., were returning from the movies and decided to swing by a local Popeye's Fried Chicken to bring home food for the young one. After opening the box's greasy lid, the pair realized they'd gotten a bit more...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 17 May 2012 08:10:00 -0400Burger King's shift to cage-free eggs: A game-changer?<img src="" /></P><p>Burger King is winning praise from animal-rights activists after announcing Wednesday that by 2017 it will only buy eggs and pork that come from cage-free animals. Currently, just 9 percent of the chickens that produce BK's eggs and 20 percent of its pigs are cage-free. "Many tens of thousands of animals will now be in better living conditions," says Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States. Burger King is the world's second-biggest fast food chain, so the shift is expected to expand the market for humanely produced food and pressure rivals to follow suit. Is this a ...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 26 Apr 2012 14:38:00 -0400The cheeseburger pizza and 9 other Frankenstein fast foods: A slideshow<img src="" /></P><p>If you loathe choosing between a meat-laden pizza and a juicy burger, Pizza Hut in the Middle East has you covered. One-upping Pizza Hut U.K.'s recent food wonder &mdash; the&nbsp;Hot Dog Stuffed Crust Pizza&nbsp;&mdash; Pizza Hut Middle East's Crown Crust Pizza has mini cheeseburgers nestled into its crust. Not feeling the beef? The Chicken Fillet version has a crust made of chicken strips.&nbsp;If you're still hungry, here are nine other fast-food combos to tempt those daring tastebuds.</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 25 Apr 2012 12:50:00 -0400Should Big Macs be sold in hospitals?<img src="" /></P><p>Feel like gobbling a greasy Big Mac while you wait for test results at the hospital? It's easier than you might think to find a Mickey D's in health-care facilities, which is why the watchdog organization, Corporate Accountability International, is calling for the removal of McDonald's franchises from clinics nationwide, including the prestigious Cleveland Clinic and seven children's hospitals. The group's motion, endorsed by 2,000 health professionals, urges hospitals to end their contracts with McDonald's and "stop fostering a food environment that promotes harm, not health." Considering that...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 12 Apr 2012 18:16:00 -0400Mary J. Blige's Burger King ad: 'Racist' or just 'hilarious'?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Burger King's much-ballyhooed rebranding &mdash; part of an attempt to stop a steep slide in sales &mdash; is getting off to a rocky start. The company dropped its new ad featuring hip-hop artist Mary J. Blige after it was assailed by fans for being "racist," "scary," and unintentionally "hilarious." (Watch below.) Burger King insists that the spot was scrubbed for unspecified "licensing issues," but that didn't douse suspicions that the negative response forced the burger chain to backtrack. Here, a guide to the controversy:</p><p class="p1"><strong>What's in the ad?</strong> <br />The clip features Blige standing on a table in a Burger...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 04 Apr 2012 14:02:00 -0400Burger King's healthier menu: Can BK launch a comeback?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Burger King is rolling out 10 new dishes &mdash; the largest expansion of its menu since the venerable burger chain first opened its doors in 1954. The additions include smoothies, snack wraps, and salads, and are notable for being much healthier than Burger King's usual calorie-bomb fare. The shake up is part of a broader campaign to resuscitate the company, which last year fell to the number-three slot in the burger chain hierarchy, behind McDonald's and Wendy's. The overhaul will include a makeover of restaurants that have gone to seed, and a new advertising blitz featuring Jay Leno, David Beckham...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 03 Apr 2012 12:35:00 -0400The McRibster: A new, improved, European McRib?<img src="" /></P><p>The enigmatic McRib is back &mdash; and, this time, it's popped up overseas in an even less sensible incarnation known as the McRibster. McDonald's updated version of the cult-favorite sandwich, is a far cry from the typical&nbsp;sauce-slathered pig innards&nbsp;on bread. Will McRib purists salivate or cry foul? Here's what you should know:</p><p><strong>What's the difference between the McRib and McRibster?&nbsp;<br /></strong>The classic McRib is a sauce-drenched processed pork sandwich with onion and pickle fixings. The McRibster, on the other hand, is&nbsp;a "monster of a novelty sandwich," says Paul Forbes at <em>Eater</em>....</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 01 Mar 2012 12:31:00 -0500